PopGlitz on Politics: Trump Bans Transgenders from the Military
On today, in a surprising move, President Donald J. Trump has decided to reimplement the ban on transgenders in the military.
“After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U. S. military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenderism in the military would entail.” – President Donald J. Trump
This action would be considered a slap in the face for members of the LGBT community by a president who has been thought to be one of the most LGBT-friendly Republican presidents in recent history.
Long-time Gay Rights Advocate Richard Socarides called the decision “a tragic betrayal of all LGBT Americans and a shameful effort to win over social conservatives at the expense of the vulnerable.”
First thing, we can doubt that this action is an effort to win over social conservatives and then second thing, LGBT Americans are not necessarily all that vulnerable.
The military started to end their ban on transgenderism during the Obama presidency under former Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. When Carter announced that the military would start allowing transgenders into the armed forces, they were giving a year to outline strategies to make the transition (no pun intended) an easy one.
During the first term of the Obama administration, they ended the “Don’t Ask! Don’t’ Tell” policy of the Clinton Era which allowed gays and lesbians serve openly in the armed forces. Therefore, opening the door for transgenders in the military seemed like a natural progression. That was the main reason why Obama administration officials began to study the issue of allowing transgendered individuals to serve openly in the armed forces as well. The decision was finally made to accept them into the military on June 30 of 2016, the last year of the Obama presidency.
“As a result of the yearlong study, I’m announcing today that we are ending the ban on transgender Americans in the United States military. Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender…” – Ash Carter, Secretary of Defense (2015-2017)
That was a part of Ash Carter’s statement announcing that transgenders were officially welcomed in to the United States armed forces. Immediately after that announcement, many transgendered individuals joined the military. According to a study by Rand Corp, there are an estimated 11,000 transgendered servicemen.
However, they should had known something was afoot when current Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who is a retired Marine general himself, announced that there will be a six-month delay in the implementation of policies to medically accommodate transgendered servicemen. That delay was requested by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Pentagon stated that they needed time to review the process of accepting transgendered recruits.
“After consulting with the service chiefs and secretaries, I have determined that it is necessary to defer the start of accessions for six months…. We will use this additional time to evaluate more carefully the impact of such accessions on readiness and lethality.” – James Mattis, Current Secretary of Defense
Now, here at PopGlitz, we wholeheartedly support the LGBT community. We firmly believe that members of the LGBT community should be afforded the same rights and liberties as the rest of American society. Now, in this situation, we do understand that the military does not operate on an egalitarian basis. For our republic to remain free, the military must be a place of stringent order because they protect our freedoms. Therefore, we must defer the military experts. Therefore, if they have advised that transgenderism will disturb that stringent order of the military, it is best for the President and the American people to heed their advice.